Springfield, Ohio, USA: A student at Simon Kenton Elementary School in Springfield, Ohio, brought a gun to school in his book bag on Tuesday according to Springfield Police. A teacher found the gun Tuesday afternoon while putting homework into the 8-year-old boy’s backpack.
The 8-year-old told police that he thought another student was going to hurt him and that is why he had a gun. The gun was found unloaded by a teacher who was putting homework in the suspect’s backpack.
Police responded to Simon Kenton Elementary School at around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and arrested the student in question. According to police the suspect will be charged with Illegal conveyance or possession of a deadly weapon in a school safety zone.
No one was hurt in the process of securing the weapon and the student is currently in custody.
The gun found in an 8-year-old’s book bag at Simon Kenton Elementary School was discovered at the end of the day before dismissal, according to Superintendent Dr. Robert Hill.
The 8-year-old student who brought a gun to school in his book bag will face discipline in accordance with Springfield City School Districts student code of conduct, according to Superintendent Dr. Robert Hill.
Hill said he was proud of the staff at Simon Kenton for their quick response in ensuring the safety of the students.
Mass shootings have recently plagued the United States, and gun violence has become an increasing concern at US schools. A few days back, at least 17 people were killed and more than a dozen wounded in an attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, by 19-year-old Nicolas Cruz – a former student at the school.
EARLIER: 7th Grader Shoots Self In Ohio School Toilet, After Florida Shooting – Jackson Township, Ohio: Schools in the Jackson Local School District in Stark County, Ohio, were placed on lock-down after 13-year-old Keith Simons, a seventh grade student of Jackson Memorial Middle School shot himself in the men’s restroom, according to Jackson Township Police. The school is about 55 miles south of Cleveland.
All other students and faculty members were not injured.
According to police, Keith Simons had planned a school shooting. Keith Simons exited a bathroom at Jackson Memorial Middle School holding a rifle but then changed his mind, went back into the bathroom and killed himself.
The following preliminary timeline has been constructed by police based on a review of surveillance video:
– At approximately 7:10 a.m., Simons departed his home and walked with a noticeable limp to the bus stop—Simons had a weapon concealed in his clothing.
– At approximately 7:44 a.m., Simons arrived at school and immediately proceeded to a male bathroom. Within a couple of minutes, Simons is observed exiting the bathroom with a black long gun in his hands (.22 rifle), approximately four students were in the vicinity, but did not appear to notice Simons. One male student leaving the bathroom did notice Simons holding a weapon, that student proceeded to notify faculty.
– At approximately 7:50 a.m., faculty found Simons lying on the bathroom floor and yelled for 911 to be contacted.
The investigation revealed some disturbing documentation on Simons’ phone involving an “admiration” for the Columbine shooters along with an eight-step plan of “attack” at Jackson Memorial Middle School.
The discovered documentation contained entries from February 14, 2018 through February 20, 2018. Portions of a few of these entries are listed below:
February 16, 2018 – “I wanna leve a lasting impression on the world and I Keith M. Simons also wants to leve a lasting impression on the world.”
February 17, 2018 – “I’ll look in to those scared little britches eyes before I kill them there’s now I’ll have followers because I’m so awesome I know someone will follow me just like I followed Eric Harris and Dylan Klebolt’s me and them want close to the same thing, It’s going to be fun……They say school shootings are horrible but they don’t think like us like me Eric and Dylan….”.
February 18, 2018 – “…..I’m going to die doing it, I hate those people, when they interview my parents and ask how they didn’t see the signs they should know it’s not them it’s me and it’s because of how I see the world….I’d hurt and destroy something bigger but my schools an easy target….”
February 19, 2018 – “……this will be bigger than anything this country’s ever seen, ……..I’ve been planning this for a few weeks and thought about it a few months, I will never be forgotten I’ll be a stain in American history and the Simons history, it’s going to be so mutch fun. They won’t expect a thing”.
During a news conference, authorities said a “distraction” device was found in the student’s backpack.
A distraction device would be “something that could make some smoke, or make a bang,” said the Jackson Township Police Chief. A bomb was not found, police said.
No other weapons were found, authorities said.
Police say the boy was transported to a nearby hospital where he later died.
Hundreds of parents gathered outside of the school as school officials worked to safely dismiss students from Jackson Memorial Middle School.
As a precautionary measure, four district elementary schools are closed Tuesday.
The area high school is in the process of being evacuated. Also, all evening activities are canceled.
Grief counselors have been made available to students impacted by the incident.